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Femininity, Empowerment and Headwear

Posted on 19 March 2017

Meet Rafel...

"From I was very young, I have had a plan for my future. I have known the kind of woman I wanted to be and where I wanted to end up. But sometimes life holds other plans for us.

When I was young, I loved to play soccer. It was a huge universe for me. A free space, where I could feel my own strength and challenge my competitive self. I felt free from the expectations and daily stre...ss from others. Even wearing my scarf, I could be a badass little girl, because on the field they didn’t judge you by your appearance. When I gave up soccer for a while, I missed it, so I started some local soccer for our young people to get them off the street and into a wholesome environment. I felt my free space again.

2016 has been the hardest year for me ever. I experienced a broken marriage, and I lost myself. Sometimes love goes that way. I learned a lot of new things about myself, and my entire plan for the future became fuzzy. I could no longer see the plan.
Hijab - Turban - Helen Latifi
One day, I looked at myself in the mirror while I was fixing my scarf and decided that I was going to find myself again. I am surprised how strong I can be. And more than anything, I am proud because I have found my joy again. I got a new plan. My goal in life is to find joy in everything I do. My goal is just joy. Because we don’t appreciate it before we lose it. We often forget what an important word it is. When you can feel, say, and write, that you are truly joyful - This is the true joy I would like to have. It’s what I long for and strive for. It is a long road, and I’m not sure you ever find yourself 100%. But as long as I am happy and my soul has peace, I have everything I need."

Rafel Shamri
Works with youth with minority backgrounds

Photo: Asim Iqbal
Designer: Helen Latifi - www.helenlatifi.com
Proofreading: Morten Hededal
Translator: Lisbeth Agerskov Christensen
Headwear: Alysha Charcoal

The portrait series "Femininity, Empowerment, and Headwear” is a collaboration between Helen Latifi Headwear and United Colors of Denmark

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